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Professional Work Exchange for Enhanced Policy Dialogue Program December 19, 2014 /

The Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD) held a three day launch event beginning on December 3 for the second round of the Professional Work Exchange for Enhanced Policy Dialogue Program, which will take place between January and March 2015.

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Want, Waste or War? A Conversation About the Global Resource Nexus December 19, 2014

The 2011-2012 fellows of the Transatlantic Academy held a book launch on December 10 for Want, Waste or War? The Global Resource Nexus and the Struggle for Land, Energy, Food, Water and Minerals, based on the 2012 report of the Academy and published by Routledge in November.

A Transatlantic Talk with David McAllister December 09, 2014

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, the GMF hosted David McAllister, member of European Parliament and chairman of the delegation for relations with the United States, for the fourth installment of its Transatlantic Talks to discuss the dynamics of EU-U.S.

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“Two Wheels-Lots of Green” highlights community-based greening initiatives in Pittsburgh August 11, 2012 / Pittsburgh, PA


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As part of the ongoing programming of its Transatlantic Cities Network, GMF's Urban and Regional Policy Program supported Growth Through Energy & Community Health (GTECH), a Pittsburgh community revitalization organization, to host a bike tour highlighting local community efforts to reclaim vacant spaces. Dozens of local residents participated in the bike tour and hundreds more took part in the day's events, which included local vendors and GTECH's community partners.

The event, which took place earlier this year, showcased and celebrated the greening activities that are now widespread throughout the city's neighborhoods. Further, the event created a platform from which participants could advocate on behalf of green infrastructure and transportation options and influence the local policy frameworks that could accommodate both.

Andrew Butcher, CEO of GTECH, describes the potential impact of the day's event:

"With the publicity surrounding this event, we were able to engage public officials and policy makers about the work that we do, and show a diverse group of stakeholders who support this work. This event brought together many diverse individuals and facilitated discussion and potential collaboration, such that we created a platform of advocacy for issues such as alternative transportation and green infrastructure. With our partnership with Bike Pittsburgh, we learned about how to support zoning adjustments that encourage safety and green infrastructure. Finally, by bringing these goals and positions together, we have the opportunity to inform the City of Pittsburgh’s Comprehensive Plan addressing transportation, land use, and open space."

The videos produced from the event highlight a particular greening initiative. GTECH also compiled a video summarizing the day's events.

GMF's support for the event is one aspect of its continuing presence in Midwestern Cities such as Detroit, Pittsburgh, Youngstown, and Cleveland as part of its Cities in Transition initiative and its Transatlantic Cities Network.